Holy Cross parts ways with football coach after 14 seasons

Holy Cross coach Tom Gilmore sends out instructions late in the team's NCAA college football game against Connecticut on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in East Hartford, Conn. UConn won 27-20. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)
Holy Cross coach Tom Gilmore sends out instructions late in the team's game against Connecticut on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. –AP Photo/Stephen Dunn

Tom Gilmore, the Holy Cross football coach for the past 14 seasons, was relieved of his duties Sunday morning, according to an announcement by the Worcester school.

“These are never pleasant decisions, but ultimately I believe this is the best course of action for our student-athletes and for the success of our football program moving forward,’’ said director of athletics Nathan Pine in the news release.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Tom for his tireless efforts on behalf of our student-athletes and service to the College. Tom has been a mentor to our student-athletes and a positive presence in our campus community for his 14 years at Holy Cross.’’

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Offensive coordinator Brian Rock will take over as interim head coach role for the Crusaders for the remainder of the season.

According to Gilmore, a national search for Gilmore’s replacement will begin immediately.

Holy Cross lost at Yale, 32-0, on Saturday to fall to 2-5.

Gilmore, 53, took over the Crusaders in 2004 and were 72-81 overall, 41-39 in Patriot League play. Holy Cross won the league title in 2009 and qualified for the NCAA tournament.